Unleash The Dragon (Explicit Version) CD (1999)

Artist: Sisqo

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Specifications

Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60371712
UPC 731454681629
UPC 14 00731454681629
Format CD
Release Date 11/30/1999
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Author Sisqo
Artist Influence Blackstreet
Artist Influence Bobby Brown (R&B)
Artist Influence Boyz II Men
Artist Influence D'Angelo
Artist Influence Keith Sweat
Artist Influence Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Influence Puff Daddy
Artist Influence R. Kelly
Artist Influence Salt-N-Pepa
Artist Influence TLC
Artist Contemporary Aaliyah
Artist Contemporary Avant (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Blackstreet
Artist Contemporary D'Angelo
Artist Contemporary Dakota Moon
Artist Contemporary Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Lil' Kim
Artist Contemporary Montell Jordan
Artist Contemporary Mya
Artist Contemporary R. Kelly
Artist Contemporary Tank (R&B)
Artist Contemporary TLC
Artist Contemporary Tony Rich
Artist Contemporary Usher
Artist Contemporary Xscape
Technical Info
CatalogID 546816
Lable Name Def Soul (USA)
Released 11/30/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 3s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454681629
Musical Guests
Dru Hill
Beanie Sigel
Ja Rule
Babyface
Make It Hot
Lovher
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Sisqo, Dru Hill, Make It Hot, Lovher (vocals); Beanie Sigel, Ja Rule, Nokio (rap vocals); Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (various instruments); Bruce Dukov (violin); Nate Morring (piano); Jae Dea (keyboards, bass); N8 (keyboards); Jarod Barnes (drums, percussion); Kiehl (programming); Shae Jones, Butler (background vocals).
Producers include: Sisqo, Nokio, Montell Jordan, Warren Campbell, Babyface.
Engineers include: Jane Fairchild, CJ Devilla, Anthony Jeffries.
Recorded at Larrabee West, Los Angeles, California; The Tracken Place, Los Angeles, California; Enterprise Studios, Burbank, California; Record Plant, North Hollywood, California.
UNLEASH THE DRAGON was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Sisqo was nominated for Best New Artist and "Thong Song" was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.
Personnel includes: Sisqo, Dru Hill, Make It Hot, Lovher (vocals); Beanie Sigel, Ja Rule, Nokio (rap vocals); Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (various instruments); Bruce Dukov (violin); Nate Morring (piano); Jae Dea (keyboards, bass); N8 (keyboards); Jarod Barnes (drums, percussion); Kiehl (programming); Shae Jones, Butler (background vocals).
Producers include: Sisqo, Nokio, Montell Jordan, Warren Campbell, Babyface.
Engineers include: Jane Fairchild, CJ Devilla, Anthony Jeffries.
Recorded at Larrabee West, Los Angeles, California; The Tracken Place, Los Angeles, California; Enterprise Studios, Burbank, California; Record Plant, North Hollywood, California.
UNLEASH THE DRAGON was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Sisqo was nominated for Best New Artist and "Thong Song" was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.
Lyricist: Beanie Sigel.
Personnel: Sisq¢ (background vocals); Dru Hill (vocals); Bruce Dukov (violin); Jarod Barnes (drums, percussion); Kiehl (drum programming); Babyface (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Jan Fairchild; Jon Gass; Axel Niehaus.
Audio Remixer: Sisq¢.
Recording information: Brandon's Way, Hollywood, CA; Enterprise studios, Burbank, CA; Larrabee West, Los Angeles, CA; PAcifique Recording Studios, North Hollywod, CA; The Gin House; The Record Plant, North Hollywood, CA; Tracken Place, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Joseph Cultice.
Arrangers: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds; Jazz; Montell Jordan; Sisq¢; Babyface.
Since 1995, whenever he hasn't been guesting on tracks by artists like Mya, Sisqo has been cutting his teeth with Baltimore's gritty soulsters Dru Hill. On UNLEASH THE DRAGON, he unfurls his soulful, sultry, and sensual voice in the solo arena. While the backbeats are of the Teddy Riley stop-start variety, his baritone vocals are like those of Luther, with just a touch of a Teddy growl. While the lyrics don't cover any new ground, do soul torch-songers really need to explore new topics? Love, after all, is eternal.
Sisqo is aided in his coming out by a requisite cast of rappers. He chose the perfect reggae-drenched toasters for UNLEASH THE DRAGON in Beanie Sigel on the title track and in the underappreciated Ja Rule on the remix of "You Are Everything." The latter is one of the more alluring male siren songs, the best urban hang joint this side of Maxwell's best efforts; that is, of course, unless you also consider "Your Love Is Incredible" or "Incomplete." Okay, so Sisqo doesn't stray far from the Dru Hill formula, but it's an appealing formula that makes for an auspicious debut.
Artist Overview
Sisqo's suggestive "Thong Song" was one of the biggest dancefloor hits of 2000. Getting his start as part of R&B superstars Dru Hill, Sisqo took a leave of absence to launch his solo career with the album UNLEASH THE DRAGON, which became a huge success and established him as an artist in his own right. He also participated in the various Dru Hill reunion tours that took place after his original hiatus.
Professional Reviews
Q (1/01, p.94) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q (3/00, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...on the strength of this, [SisQo] looks set to enjoy a bank account-friendly solo career. The recent single, 'Got To Get It', is a scintillating slab of R&B....Like most of [his] tunes, it's about sex..."
Q (1/01, p.94) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q (3/00, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...on the strength of this, [SisQo] looks set to enjoy a bank account-friendly solo career. The recent single, 'Got To Get It', is a scintillating slab of R&B....Like most of [his] tunes, it's about sex..."
Muzik (4/00, p.106) - 4 out of 5 - "...Showcasing both his and fellow band member Nokio's growing production skills....this is a new Dru Hill album in all but name."
Muzik (4/00, p.106) - 4 out of 5 - "...Showcasing both his and fellow band member Nokio's growing production skills....this is a new Dru Hill album in all but name."
The Source (1/00, p.194) - "...all the crisp, clean vocals and predictable, yet satisfying synthesizer instrumentation of any Dru Hill tune...
The Source (1/00, p.194) - "...all the crisp, clean vocals and predictable, yet satisfying synthesizer instrumentation of any Dru Hill tune...
Disc 1
1 Unleash The Dragon - (featuring Beanie Sigel)
2 Got To Get It - (featuring Make It Hot)
3 Is Love Enough - (featuring Lovher)
4 2Nite - (Interlude)
5 How Can I Love U 2Nite
6 Your Love Is Incredible
7 So Sexual
8 Thong Song
9 Incomplete
10 Addicted
11 Dru World Order - (Interlude)
12 Enchantment Passing Through - (with Dru Hill)
13 You Are Everything - (remix, with Dru Hill/Ja Rule)

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